Tuesday, June 26, 2012

it's been an astonishing month

I realize I have ignored this blog for a long time. The reasons aren't all that interesting, but in an effort not to dwell on it, I was in a tough spot job wise; working for someone I was rapidly losing respect for. If you know me, you've already heard my stories.

The short version of the story is that I had to quit, and as nervous as that made me, I couldn't see myself mentally surviving another season of shooting and editing weddings. Besides, the former boss man seemed not to understand that pay day shouldn't stretch to every 10 weeks... cause visa and the landlady expect to be paid every 4 weeks.

Just after that dramatic turn of events, I managed to separate my shoulder during my Krav Maga class. It was painful and now I have a misshapen left shoulder. Although I'm not overly happy about that, I did get the injury in the best possible way, fighting over a rubber knife with a good friend. He's just a bit heavier than me and my shoulder decided to give.

The fun part about pulling joints apart is that you get the painkillers not often handed out. It was a pretty fun time. And then it wasn't because I had nothing to do.

Just as the pain was beginning to drive me nuts, and lack of work was starting to worry me, I got a very exciting phone call from the one production company I've had my sights on since arriving in Vancouver, Paperny Entertainment. After multiple attempts, I finally got a real offer and though it was on again, off again, I finally was told to meet with a producer on Sunday with the possibility of being on the road for the Yukon by Tuesday.

So Monday morning, I arrived for my first assignment with Paperny. This was easily my shortest stint of unemployment on record. Less than 3 weeks.

The above picture is something I took as I drove a truck north up highway 37 to the sprawling metropolis of Jade CIty, BC, nearly the Yukon. It took 2 and a half days driving from Vancouver to get here. I've brought the population up to 39 people and I'll be here for the next 3 months or so following a gold mine operation. I live with a sound guy and a director/camera operator in a trailer.

A lot can change very quickly and that is hopeful. It's nice to catch a break... and though I don't want to mock anyone's special day, but I have never been a big fan of weddings and frankly, the repetitive nature of the subject matter is not what I was looking for when I signed up for camera school.

This is far better.

More photos and stories to follow.


Thank you for visiting. I live in Vancouver now, but I've lived in other places too. I take photos and make short films about things and people. Please comment and be argumentative. It amuses me.

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